The Old Man And The Sea Essay

1130 Words Nov 14th, 2015 5 Pages
The Old Man And The Sea The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway represents the fisherman Santiago as the quintessential man,independent in his action, ambitious in following his passion, and willing to take chances in life.The old man’s most notable attribute, however, appears to be his audacious spirit. Even when his body is badly beaten his spirit remains unbeaten throughout the struggles and tribulations he is forced to endure. ithin the character Santiago Ernest Hemingway has created a hero who personifies honor, courage, patience , and confidence. This story is similar to the real world in many ways. Most notably, there are people throughout our lives who strive to be honorable and courageous; people who always try do the right thing, much like Santiago. There are also people who are not honorable; who do not strive to be the best they can be. Those individuals are personified by the sharks, who steal Santiago 's catch even though they did nothing to earn it.
No amount of abuse, physical or mental, can pierce Santiago 's armor of honor or pride. Even in his wretched and feeble existence, the old man is proud, saying that he will have fish to eat at home even though he knows that is almost impossible. Santiago prefers hunger to shame. He would risk his own life for the sake of honor and pride and does so by choosing to go "too far out" in search of the greatest catch of his life. Ignoring the suffering he endured during his battle with the…

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